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Comments sought on faculty conduct policy

The University invites comments on Proposed Revised Academic Personnel Manual Sections:

·         015, The Faculty Code of Conduct,

·         016, University Policy on Faculty Conduct and the Administration of Discipline

Proposed revisions add sexual violence and sexual harassment, as defined by University policy, as a form of Unacceptable Conduct to The Faculty Code of Conduct (APM - 015). Proposed amended language clarifies when the Chancellor is deemed to know about an alleged violation of The Faculty Code of Conduct (APM - 015). Proposed new language institutes a new timeline and deadline after the imposition of involuntary leave for the Chancellor to inform an accused faculty member of the reasons for the leave, the allegations being investigated, the anticipated date when charges will be brought, a statement concerning when the leave will end, and the faculty member's right to grieve the involuntary leave, to be handled by the Privilege and Tenure Committee on an expedited basis (APM - 016).

The proposals are located on the UCOP Academic Personnel and Programs website, “Policies under review,” under the “Systemwide Review” tab at

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at no later than  Dec. 19, 2016.

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Proposals sought for extension risk-management education competitive grants

Funding for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk-management strategies is available through the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center). The maximum amount of requested funding shall not exceed $50,000 for education projects and $2,000 for exploratory projects.

To apply, go to the Western Center website and select “Competitive Grants Program.” The grants application process is fully explained in the Western Center's 2017 Request for Applications. All applications must be submitted online through the Results Verification System. There are links to application resources on the Western Center's Competitive Grants Program page as well as within the RVS system, to help guide you through the application process.

This announcement seeks applications from eligible organizations with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education and training programs for agricultural producers and their families. All organizations serving agricultural producers, especially those serving the special emphasis audiences identified on page 3 of the RFA, are strongly encouraged to apply. The Western Center serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands.

An applicant webinar will be conducted on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10 AM PDT. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. Simply join the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at 10 minutes prior to the webinar start time. You will be presented with a login screen that has the option to “Enter as Guest." Enter your full name, then click EnterRoom” to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer's speakers.

Proposals are due by 5 PM, PST, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Questions or comments regarding the RFA may be directed to Jo Ann Warner, (509) 477-2168, or Shannon Neibergs, (509) 335-6360,

For more funding opportunities, subscribe to the ANR Contracts & Grants Updates blog // and check their funding opportunities calendar.

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:58 AM
Tags: grants (18), September 2016 (13)

Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension position recruitment underway

ANR Human Resources has begun recruitment for the Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension position. The position description is posted at

Chris Greer, who has served as vice provost of Cooperative Extension since June 2014, announced Aug. 22 that he will be leaving administration to return to the field.

Please share the recruitment announcement with anyone you think may be interested in applying for the position. The deadline to apply for Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension is Oct. 14, 2016.

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Tools available to center the distracted brain

You're working on an important task to complete by day's end, then:

  • A reminder email pops up requesting you respond to a scheduling inquiry.
  • As you look at your calendar to respond to the email, a co-worker walks by and asks, "Aren't you joining us for the meeting?"
  • You rush to gather your pen and notepad and walk briskly to the meeting.
  • When you return from the meeting you settle into your task.
  • Then you read a few texts: one from your spouse reminding you to stop by the grocery store and another from a couple of friends about meeting after work to plan for a fishing trip.
  • Your respond to several more emails.
  • When you check the time you see there is only 40 minutes to rush through your task before you need to leave.

Is this scenario familiar?

ANR Learning and Development has resources to train the brain to focus. If you'd like to understand the scattered brain so you can transform it, review the following video and blog:

The Perfect 15-Minute Day (3 minutes; YouTube video)

Less-is-more blog (website)

The video and blog are produced by Pierre Khawand, founder and principal of People-OnTheGo. His best-selling “Accomplishing more in less time, less effort, and less stress” workshop enables business professionals to better cope with information overload and competing priorities. He has published “The Accomplishing More with Less Workbook,” “Accomplishing More With Google Apps,” and “The Results Curve: How to manage focused and collaborative time!”

From Scattered to Centered (47 minutes; YouTube video)

"Modern life is making all of us a little scattered and feeling anything but centered." says psychiatrist Alicia Ruelaz Maher. “I have been fascinated to watch symptoms that were hallmarks of ADHD now showing up in just about everyone. And this is because the way we are currently using technology is actually changing the ways our brains function and this is generally in a direction that causes us to be less calm and effective."

For training resources on Time and Project Management go to the ANR Learning and Development webpage: Results Orientation and Execution.

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Comments sought on proposed international activities policy

UC Office of the President invites comments on a proposed International Activities Policy

The policy is new and supersedes the 2005 Guidelines for the Establishment of Foreign Affiliate Organizations and Foreign Operations. The International Activities Policy sets forth the underlying principles that should govern activities conducted by UC faculty, students, and staff at foreign sites and in furtherance of UC's global engagement. It also outlines the issues to consider when engaging in such activities and the approval authority levels for international activity proposals.

The draft proposed policy is located on the UCOP Academic Personnel and Programs website, “Policies under review,” under the “Systemwide Review” tab at

Please send your comments to Robin Sanchez at no later than Dec. 12, 2016.

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 4:37 PM

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